Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male Justices Had a ‘Blind Spot’ on Hobby Lobby

by Andrew Johnson

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems to agree with Democratic politicians that her male colleagues decided the way they did in the Hobby Lobby case because of their sex.

Asked by Katie Couric in a Yahoo! News interview whether she thought the male justices decided Hobby Lobby’s owners didn’t have to violate their faith by providing coverage for certain forms of contraception in part because they didn’t understand the implications for women, Ginsburg agreed with the idea.

Following the ruling, prominent Democrats such as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi argued that the sex of the five justices in the majority — Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas — was of obvious significance. Ginsburg was widely praised on the Left for her forceful dissent, a tone that which she continued in the interview.

“I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners,” she said. “On the other hand, they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women.”

Ginsburg was hopeful that what she called the male justices’ “blind spot” would be fixed eventually, though. ”I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow,” she said.

She urged daughters of the justices to help “change the perception” on these types of issues.

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